Relapse Prevention

West Palm Beach Relapse Prevention

There is no cure for chronic illnesses so rare recurrences of symptoms are normal. However, the idea is to minimize both the frequency and severity of relapse. Furthermore, the goal is prevention of them entirely by early recognition and preventive strategies. In fact, this is one of the main strategies of the medication assisted treatment model. The initial part of relapse prevention is detection of specific factors that may trigger an individual’s old behavior. Most times, this can be a simple as cravings or withdrawal. As such, our West Palm Beach addiction treatment provides the strategies to recognize and cope with those triggers. In many instances, triggers may vary from exceptionally mild to severe.

What Causes Relapse?

Relapse is almost never an isolated occurrence. In fact, it begins long before the actual drinking or use takes place. Which is why relapse is called a process. For example, there usually is a chain of events that will in due course push a person over the edge and subsequently, to relapse.

From work stress to personal issues, that feel overwhelming, there are several reasons that can contribute to a relapse. In daily life, these issues are normal, but to a recovering addict, they can be dangerous, unless they have the tools to cope. Moreover, understanding what the direct cause of relapse is helpful, not only in understanding relapse prevention, but preventing it the next time.

Medication Assisted Treatment is Vital for Relapse Prevention

There is an expression in 12-step circles that suggests, “if nothing changes, nothing changes.” That was relapse prevention 1.0 when patients simply went in and out of rehab by doing the same thing repeatedly. Now that our communities are  moving away from seeing addiction as a character defect, single choice, and human weakness, we can better treat as a chronic disease with real medicine – relapse prevention 2.0. While Suboxone treatment and other MAT programs are nothing new, they have been underutilized for decades. However, in recent years, MAT care has increased as the relapse and overdose rates continue to climb amid the opioid crises. One of the reasons Suboxone / Subutex is being used to treat opioid addiction is it statistically reduces relapse rates. Specifically, patients participating in Suboxone treatment have far greater successful outcomes than patents in abstinence-only based programs. The strategic use of Buprenorphine, and other medications,  has given people struggling with opioid addiction a new, more effective relapse prevention medication that can be used privately under medical supervision.

Elements of Relapse Prevention

  • Relapse Prevention Therapy teaches coping skills to deal with urgent problems.
  • Provides a roadmap of various danger situations that can throw patients off course.
  • Guides clients through the tricks their minds sometimes play on them, such as making poor decisions. Also, it helps patients make important changes in their day-to-day thinking.
  • Teaches patients new approaches to coping with stress.